Outrage at decision to clear Du Plessis of stamping

2013-10-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Sport24 readers — both WP fans and not — say Bismarck du Plessis was definitely guilty of stamping and should have been suspended for the Currie Cup final.

Outrage at advocate André Oosthuizen’s decision to clear Du Plessis has been rife since his decision was made public.

Former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux also weighed in, saying Du Plessis could count himself lucky to play against Western Province in the final tomorrow.

Oosthuizen ruled that based on the facts placed before him by the player and the assistant referee Cobus Wessels, as well as with reference to the video footage viewed during the inquiry, the contact Du Plessis made with Lappies Labuschagne was accidental.

Du Plessis received a yellow card in the 65th minute of the match for the incident — a match the Sharks were well on the way to winning.

Earlier this season, WP flank Michael Rhodes was red-carded and banned for one week for a similar offence.

However, some Sharks fans argued that Scarra Ntubeni was just as lucky to escape citing after receiving a yellow card for a dangerous tip-tackle.

Sport24 asked:

“The decision to clear Bismarck du Plessis of stamping, was...”

These were the results:

27% — Justified

73% — A shocker!

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